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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Silver and blue waters surround Greece in this true-color image acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">MODIS</a>) on NASA’s <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on August 19, 2004. This year, Athens is host to the 2004 Olympic Games, which first started in Greece over 2,800 years ago (in...
Topics: Where -- Greece, Where -- Athens, Where -- Olympia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6593
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The islands of Japan are shown clearly off the coast of North and South Korea, China, and Russia in this true-color image. Running down through the islands are a string of mountains that make up part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” The Ring of Fire is a zone of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that stretches in a series of arcs from New Zealand, through Indonesia, up through the Philippines, Japan, the Kuril Islands and Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia), across the Pacific Ocean via...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Japan, Where -- Korea, Where -- China, Where -- Russia, Where -- Pacific...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5319
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by NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC. The image is available in .
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Brilliant streaks of blue and duller swirls of green color the South Atlantic Ocean in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) image, taken on January 4, 2005, by NASA’s <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/">Terra</a> satellite. The colors are a result of millions of microscopic plants growing near the surface of the water. Called phytoplankton, some varieties of...
Topics: Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Argentina, Where -- Uruguay
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19790
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Snow dusts Poland and its neighbors in this true-color Aqua MODIS image from February 25, 2003. MODIS also detected a number of fires in the scene, all of which are marked in red. Countries shown are (clockwise from top left) Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, Belarus, the Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS. Data Start Date: 2/25/03. Data End Date: 2/25/03.
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Poland, Where -- Denmark, Where -- Sweden, Where -- Lithuania, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5103
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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This image of Scotland was acquired May 5, 2006 by the MODIS on the Aqua satellite. Scotland occupies the northern part of Great Britain and is about two-thirds the size of England and Wales. The river Tweed and the Cheviot Hills form Scotland’s southern border. Scotland is a small country, only 274 miles long, but the coastline is so jagged that it actually adds up to 2000 miles! Sensor: Aqua/MODIS. Data Start Date: 5/5/06.
Topic: What -- Aqua
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20855
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/" target="outlink"> Aqua</a> satellite captured this stunning view of Japan’ four largest islands on February 20, 2004. The snow-covered southern arm of Hokkaido extends into the upper left corner. Honshu, Japan’s largest island, curves across...
Topic: Where -- Japan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6210
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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This MODIS image shows the country of South Africa. One of the most prominent features is the Cape of Good Hope, which is the little hook of land jutting out from the southern edge of South Africa, right in the center of the image. The Cape was first rounded by Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, who called it the Cape of Storms. It was later named the Cape of Good Hope by John II of Portugal; the first rounding of the Cape was a major step for Europeans looking for a trade route to...
Topics: Where -- South Africa, Where -- Portugal
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20839
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The Atlas Mountains form a barrier between Morocco’s green coastal zone and the northwestern edge of the vast Sahara Desert. This strikingly clear image of northern Morocco was acquired on January 21, 2004, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) on NASA’s <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/">Aqua</a> satellite. Along the shore, sediment colors the waters of...
Topics: What -- Atlas, Where -- Morocco, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Algeria
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6717
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA GSFC
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Unusually heavy rains hit Morocco in late November 2002, giving rise to floods that killed more than 60 people. The above false-color image (right) displays some of the worst of the flooding just north of the city of Rabat, located on Morocco?s coast. The image was acquired by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) instrument, flying aboard NASA?s Aqua spacecraft.Most of...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Morocco, Where -- Rabat, Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18182
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The Emerald Isle is featured in this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from March 18, 2003. From its rocky western coastline, Ireland dips toward a central basin of grassy plains dotted with bogs and lakes. At top left of the image is the Atlantic Ocean, at bottom is the Celtic Sea; at right is the Irish Sea. At bottom right, the St. George´s Channel...
Topics: Where -- Ireland, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Celtic Sea, Where -- Irish Sea, Where -- Dublin
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5144
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Snow covers southeastern China, North Korea, and parts of South Korea in this true-color Aqua MODIS image acquired December 27, 2002. The North Korean capital city of Pyongyang sits about 130 kilometers northwest of the South Korea border, while the South Korean capital city of Seoul sits only about 40 kilometers southeast of the border. MODIS also detected a fire, marked in red, burning on the southern edge of South Korea, about 50 kilometers northwest of the city of Pusan. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS....
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- China, Where -- Korea, Where -- Pyongyang, Where -- Seoul
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4725
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA GSFC
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Unusually heavy rains hit Morocco last week, giving rise to floods that killed more than 60 people. The above false-color image (right) displays some of the worst of the flooding near the city of Rabat, located on Morocco?s west coast. The image was acquired by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) instrument, flying aboard NASA?s Aqua spacecraft.Most of the casualties...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Morocco, Where -- Rabat, Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16288
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by NASA image courtesy of Jeff Schmaltz, , NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center.
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An early June dust storm stretched from northern Saudi Arabia into Iraq (to the north) and Kuwait (to the east). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/">(MODIS)</a>, flying onboard the <a href="http://www.aqua.nasa.gov/">Aqua</a> satellite, captured this image on June 6, 2005. The storm appears in this image as a beige swirl curling up and toward the right. The dust...
Topics: Where -- Saudi Arabia, Where -- Iraq, Where -- Kuwait, Where -- Persian Gulf
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20028
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from May 1, 2003, shows southeastern China (top), North Korea (center) and South Korea (bottom). The higher elevations and more northern latitudes are lagging behind the new growth of spring vegetation visible across South Korea. Large areas of North Korea, especially the western coast, are deforested, probably contributing to...
Topics: Where -- China, Where -- Korea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5322
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC
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Once used by Alexander the Great in his effort to conquer the known world, the high-altitude passes of the Hindu Kush remain important trade and travel routes. Glaciers and heavy snowfall are ever-present features of these mountains, which rise to 7,692 meters (26,236 feet) in height.Straddling the borders between Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, the Hindu Kush is heavily populated. Though the valleys are heavily irrigated, growing crops at such high altitudes and low temperatures is...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Indus, Where -- The Valley, Where -- Pakistan, Where -- Afghanistan, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16683
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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This MODIS Terra image, acquired on July 10th, shows southern Spain, and separated from it by the Mediterranean Sea, the African country of Algeria. Just off the image to the left would be the straights of Gibralter, where Spain nearly touches Morocco, Algeria's neighbor to the west.Most of the coastal area of Algeria is hilly, sometimes even mountainous, and there are few good harbours. The area just south of the coast, known as the Tell, is fertile. Further south is the Atlas mountain range...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Atlas, Where -- Spain, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Algeria, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20930
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by NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC
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Forming the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula, Greece is made up of a series of mountains that run into the sea, extending into scattered islands through the Aegean Sea in the east. The texture of mountain and valley makes the country appear marbled in tan and green in this true-color image, captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">MODIS</a>) on NASA’s <a...
Topics: Where -- Greece, Where -- Aegean Sea, Where -- Athens, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16921
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by NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC
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Hurricane Katrina had just become a category 1 hurricane when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) on NASA’s <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/">Terra</a> satellite captured this image on August 25, 2005, at 12:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Savings Time. The hurricane formed as a tropical depression late on August 23 and developed quickly into a tropical storm by...
Topics: Where -- Florida, Where -- Bahamas
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20199
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Only a few small clouds hover over Japan’s main island, Honshu, in this <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image captured as the <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite flew over on the morning of April 21, 2004. To the south, the smaller islands Kyushu (right) and Shikoku (left) are also...
Topics: Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Japan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6647
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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This image of Sicily and the surrounding region was acquired by the MODIS on the Aqua satellite on July 2, 2006. The red dots represent active fires in the region. Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data Start Date: 7/2/06.
Topic: What -- Aqua
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20910
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The oblong shape of the Red Sea cuts diagonally through this true-color Aqua MODIS image from September 29, 2004. The sea's deep, clear blue waters stand out in stark contrast to the pale tan and orange sands of the surrounding deserts in northeastern Africa, the Sinai Peninsula, and the western Arabian Peninsula. Clockwise from upper left, the nations are Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Eritrea (on the coast of the Red Sea), Ethiopia (bottom image edge), and Sudan. At the southern...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Red Sea, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Israel, Where -- Jordan, Where -- Saudi...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6784
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This pair of true- and false-color images feature the Indus River Valley, a lush oasis of vegetation made possible by the Indus River, which is visible as a thin black thread heading toward the Arabian Sea in the false-color image. The Indus River has its roots in the Tibetan Himalayas, and is fed from melting snows from three major mountain ranges and five Indian rivers. The Indus River valley was the home of a great ancient civilization - the Indus Valley Civilization - that lasted for about...
Topics: What -- Indus, What -- Aqua, Where -- Arabian Sea, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Pakistan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4984
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Caucasus Mountains Turkey.A2003326.0825Snow paints the Caucasus and Anadolu Daglari mountain ranges bright white in stark contrast to the deep greens, browns, and tans of a winter landscape on the shores of two great inland seas: the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Like a broad belt, the Caucasus Mountains stretch from the Black Sea's eastern shores to southwestern of the Caspian Sea, separating southwestern Russia from Georgia and Azerbaijan. The Anadolu Daglari curve around the southern end of...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Caspian Sea, Where -- Russia, Where -- Georgia, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6158
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The Korean Peninsula hangs down from northeastern China, dividing the murkier waters of Korea Bay (upper left) and the Yellow Sea (lower left) from the clearer, deeper waters of the Sea of Japan. Because the geography of the peninsula is so mountainous, growing crops is an important and challenging endeavor. Over half of the flat lands are planted with rice, and crops like barley, wheat, and bulgur are grown on whatever surfaces that can support them. Since grazing land is almost nonexistent,...
Topics: Where -- China, Where -- Korea, Where -- Yellow Sea, Where -- Sea of Japan, Where -- Japan, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6148
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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A dense pack of snow and ice covers the rugged, mountainous landscape of Afghanistan in this image acquired on February 27, 2006. MODIS images such as this one are an important tool used to measure snowfall; snow melt from the mountains of Afghanistan is an important source of the country’s fresh water supply. Snow is also a major natural hazard in this region, causing the loss of human life and creating often impassable barriers to navigation – an important consideration for the U.S....
Topic: Where -- Afghanistan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8388
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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On April 5, 2004, the <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite captured this remarkably cloud-free view of Turkey. The country is divided into several geographical regions, clearly visible in this image. In the northeast, the Kuzey Anadolu Mountains run...
Topics: Where -- Turkey, Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Aegean Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6878
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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On August 7, 2003, the Aqua MODIS instrument acquired this image of Ireland on the first day this summer that most of the island hasn´t been completely obscured by cloud cover. Called the Emerald Isle for a good reason, Ireland is draped in vibrant shades of green amidst the blue Atlantic Ocean and Celtic (south) and Irish (east) Seas. Faint ribbons of blue-green phytoplankton drift in the waters of the Celtic Sea, just south of Dublin.Dublin itself appears as a large grayish-brown spot on the...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Ireland, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Celtic Sea, Where -- Irish Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5744
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The island of Sardinia sits between the Mediterranean Sea to the south and west and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the east. To its immediate north is the island of Corsica, which is a part of France. To the east of Sardinia is the middle of the Italian peninsula (not shown). Sardinia glows here with the green blush of spring.Sardinia has had a tumultuous history. Starting in ancient times, the island was occupied by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans; thereafter it was controlled by Vandals,...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Tyrrhenian Sea, Where -- France, Where -- Spain
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5350
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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The islands depicted in this image belong to the Kingdom of Tonga, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. These tropical islands are just South of Samoa, West of Australia, and North of New Zealand. There are at least 169 islands in the chain, although many more are currently underwater. Many of the islands are actually volcanoes strung along what is called a subduction zone, where two plates (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Tectonic_plates.png">the...
Topics: Where -- Tonga, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Samoa, Where -- Australia, Where -- New Zealand
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8232
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya cut across the center of this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) image, captured by NASA’s<a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/">Terra</a> satellite on January 9, 2004. The tiny country of Nepal hosts the world’s highest mountain peaks, including Mt. Everest, which has an elevation of 8,848 meters. China sits on Nepal’s...
Topics: Where -- Nepal, Where -- China
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6736
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA-GSFC
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Across North Korea, numerous fires were active on April 16, 2004. The fires were detected by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Aqua</a> satellite during its daytime overpass of the region, and their locations have been marked in orange in this image. Some of the...
Topics: Where -- Korea, Where -- China
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19227
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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Numerous wildfires dot the landscape of Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This region is mostly grassland, similar to the prairies of the United States. Grasslands are characterized by frequent fires and droughts, which prevent tree growth but promote the development of a rich organic soil layer. It was known as the “breadbasket” of the former Soviet Union because of its rich agricultural production. Ukraine´s natural resources also include oil, coal and natural gas, which have fueled...
Topics: Where -- Ukraine, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Black Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8197
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Brown burn scars pock the landscape across Portugal and Spain. Hot, dry conditions sparked dozens of devastating wildfires in Southern and Central Portugal and Central Spain in the summer of 2003. By the time this image was taken on January 19, 2004, the scars had begun to fade in areas, though the scars in Central Portugal and across the border in Spain are still dark red in the false-color image.In the true color image, Portugal’s capital is clearly visible as a grey region surrounding the...
Topics: Where -- Portugal, Where -- Spain
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6155
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The island of Taiwan sits off of the coast of southern China between the East China Sea, the South China Sea, southwestern Japan’s Nansei-shoto Islands, and the Pacific Ocean. The island is mostly mountainous in the east, but gradually transitions to gently sloping plains in the west. At the northern tip of the island is Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei, which appears as a large grayish patch surrounded by dark green. In this image, most of Taiwan’s eastern coast is dotted with low clouds,...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Taiwan, Where -- China, Where -- East China Sea, Where -- South China Sea,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4809
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This pair of true- and false-color images feature the Indus River Valley, a lush oasis of vegetation made possible by the Indus River, which is visible as a thin black thread heading toward the Arabian Sea in the false-color image. The Indus River has its roots in the Tibetan Himalayas, and is fed from melting snows from three major mountain ranges and five Indian rivers. The Indus River valley was the home of a great ancient civilization - the Indus Valley Civilization - that lasted for about...
Topics: What -- Indus, What -- Aqua, Where -- Arabian Sea, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Pakistan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4985
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC
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Heavy snow caused chaos in the usually temperate Eastern Mediterranean starting on January 22, 2004 and continuing through January 25. Powerful storms swept through Greece, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy and Turkey. Snow fell in Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, and parts of Italy, including Rome. The hardest hit by the storm was Turkey, where the weather has been blamed for 12 deaths, including those of two boys who froze to death traveling between home and school. The storm closed...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Greece, Where -- Jordan, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Lebanon, Where -- Romania,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19078
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Relatively few clouds mar the view of Italy in this <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image captured on September 19, 2003 by the <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite. Also visible are France, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria from left to right along the snow-capped Alps, and from the top...
Topics: Where -- Italy, Where -- France, Where -- Switzerland, Where -- Germany, Where -- Austria, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5947
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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The bulk of Turkey separates the Black Sea to the north from the Aegean and Mediterranean seas to the west and southwest, and southeastern Europe from southwestern Asia. This portion of Turkey is called the Anatolian Peninsula, and has been the birthplace of a number of civilizations, most notably Troy and the Ottomans. One of the last great emperors of Rome, Constantine the Great, made Constantinople the center of the Roman Empire. Today, Constantinople is known as Istanbul, and straddles the...
Topics: Where -- Turkey, Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Rome, Where -- Istanbul,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8139
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This true-color <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image provides a cloud-free view of the Middle Eastern countries surrounding the Fertile Crescent. Arching along the Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea from the Red Sea through modern-day Syria, and then across to the Persian Gulf in an upside-down “u” shape, the Fertile Crescent is a rich, food growing area in...
Topics: Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Red Sea, Where -- Syria, Where -- Persian Gulf, Where -- Iraq,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6114
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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This MODIS Terra image, acquired August 2, 2006, shows most of Greece, with its jagged coastline, and many islands and peninsulas. Also shown are the countries surrounding Greece to the north - from left to right they are Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. The red dots on the image denote active fires, which appear to be mostly in Bulgaria.The Peloponnesus peninsula (separated from the mainland by the Isthmus of Corinth), is at the bottom center of the image - the bottom part of it is...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Greece, Where -- Albania, Where -- Macedonia, Where -- Bulgaria, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20944
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Crete, the largest island belonging to Greece, is featured in this image acquired on March 28, 2006. The mainland portion of Greece, numerous other Greek isles, and Turkey are also visible in the image, distributed across the top of the image from left to right, respectively. A small portion of Africa (Libya’s Banghazi region) can also been seen in the bottom left corner. Researchers from Greece’s Foundation for Research and Technology, Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics and...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Greece, Where -- Turkey, Where -- Athens, Where -- Aegean Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20818
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A few scattered fires burned in southern India on January 14, 2004, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) on NASA’s <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/">Terra</a> satellite captured this image. The fires have been marked with red dots. The two mountain ranges of southern India are defined by dark green vegetation that contrasts with the desert landscape....
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6612
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Numerous scattered fires (red dots) were detected by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Aqua</a> satellite across southern India on January 31, 2003. Fire are especially concentrated in the Nallamala Hills region of the Eastern Ghats along India’s Indian Ocean...
Topics: Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Arabian Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4946
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The Carpathian Mountains, of which the Transylvanian Alps form the southern branch, will be forever famous as the home of Vlad “The Impaler”, who was the historical basis of the Dracula myth. These mountains traverse three nations: Poland in the northwest, Ukraine in the center, and Romania in the south. Nestled in between the two ranges is the Transylvanian Basin. Romania is home to the “Paris of the East,” Bucharest, the country´s capital city. Bucharest can be seen as a faint gray...
Topics: Where -- Poland, Where -- Ukraine, Where -- Romania, Where -- Bucharest, Where -- Black Sea, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5348
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Hundreds of miles off the coast of Portugal, the nine islands of the Azores chains are stretched out over the Atlantic Ocean. This <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on May 1, 2003, shows seven of the nine islands: (from left to right)...
Topics: Where -- Portugal, Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5463
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Turbid waters surround southern Florida and the Florida Keys in this true-color <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image taken by the <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/" target="outlink"> Aqua</a> satellite on December 2, 2003. Clouds of milky blue, green, and tan sediments and microscopic marine organisms (like phytoplankton...
Topics: Where -- Florida, Where -- Gulf of Mexico, Where -- Virginia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6108
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Between the North and Baltic seas, Denmark points north from Germany toward Norway and Sweden. This true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) image taken by the <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/">Terra</a> satellite on August 9, 2004, shows almost completely clear skies over the nation, with the exception of thin cirrus clouds over the Kattegat Strait...
Topics: Where -- Baltic Sea, Where -- Denmark, Where -- Germany, Where -- Norway, Where -- Sweden, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6557
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Greece’s 3,000 islands and 15,000 kilometers (9,300 miles) of coastline highlight this image acquired on November 11, 2005. The rich texture produced by the topographic variation in this image reveal that it is the most mountainous of all the European countries, comprising about 80% of the country’s land surface. These mountains are the product of plate tectonics: the Eurasian plate, stretching from the Eastern portion of Siberia into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is converging with the...
Topics: What -- Atlantis, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Greece, Where -- Turkey
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8327
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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A portion of the over 500 separate islands forming the Andaman archipelago are depicted in this image acquired on February 18, 2006. The islands, belonging to India, are located in the Bay of Bengal. The Andaman and the neighboring Nicobar Islands (to the south, not shown in this image) are inhabited by several hundred thousand persons, a mix of indigenous islanders and immigrants from the mainland of India. The islands have a moderate, tropical climate and a rich mixture of sandy beaches,...
Topic: Where -- Bay of Bengal
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8379
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC
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Tropical Cyclone Fiona is caught whirling in the Indian Ocean south of Sumatra (Indonesia) on Feb. 10, 2003, in this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/">Terra</a> satellite. With maximum sustained winds at 90 knots (104 miles per hour) and gusts up to 110 (126 miles per hour), Fiona was located about 350...
Topics: Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Indonesia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5039
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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A bank of clouds in the Pacific Ocean stretches along the length of California in this true-color Aqua MODIS image acquired May 23, 2003. Stretching from the Oregon-California border at top to the San Madre Mountains at bottom, these clouds cover a distance of around 1000 kilometers (over 620 miles). The San Joaquin Valley, which sits at California´s center, runs almost the entire length of the state, and is the home to high concentrations of agriculture, technology, and people. Sacramento,...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- The Valley, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- California, Where -- Oregon,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5410
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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As the southern tip of South America tapers down to the narrow point of Cape Horn, the long column of the Andes Mountains meets the eastern plains in Patagonia. A part of both Chile, image left, and Argentina, image right, Patagonia is a rugged land known for its penguin colonies, mountain glaciers, and a large petrified forest. The ax-shaped peninsula that extends into the Atlantic Ocean is the Valdes Peninsula. To its north, the land bulges out and becomes green as the arid southern highlands...
Topics: Where -- Chile, Where -- Argentina, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Buenos Aires
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6380
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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All by itself in the central Pacific Ocean sits the most far flung of the United States of America. This true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image captured by the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on March 15, 2003, shows six of Hawaii´s eight main islands. In an arc from top...
Topics: What -- Crater, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Hawaii
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5178
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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For thousands of years, the lower Nile valley (northern end) has been a cradle of civilization. Surrounded by deserts, the Nile river brings much—needed water to the land and people, making the valley into an oasis of agriculture and life. In this true—color Terra MODIS image from August 23, 2003, the valley snakes in a green line from Lake Nasser in southern Egypt to the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, where it widens out into a vast delta. Quite appropriately, the valley resembles the...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Apex, Where -- The Valley, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5724
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Light and dark contrast with each other in this true-color Terra MODIS image of Newfoundland Island and the eastern Canadian coast. Clouds, snow, and sea ice make up the light portions of the image, while land and water provide the dark. Low-level water clouds cover most of the North Atlantic, though thin, high-level cirrus clouds skim across Canada´s Newfoundland province, Newfoundland Island, and Quebec province. Sea ice floats off the Canadian mainland coast in the North Atlantic and in the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Gulf of St. Lawrence
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5114
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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In the Adana (northwest half of image) and Hatay (southeast half) regions of Turkey, a few scattered fires (red dots) were detected by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on June 6, 2003. These regions are extensively cultivated for agriculture,...
Topics: Where -- Turkey, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Syria
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5457
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by NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC
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Hurricane Katrina was sprawled across all or part of 16 states at 2:15 p.m. CDT on August 29, 2005, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) on NASA’s <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/">Aqua</a> satellite captured this image. After nearly eight hours over land, Katrina was still a Category 1 storm, with winds of 150 kilometers per hour (95 miles per hour) and...
Topics: Where -- Louisiana, Where -- Mississippi, Where -- Alabama, Where -- Florida
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20209
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The <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/" target="outlink"> Aqua</a> satellite captured this image of fires burning in North and South Korea on April 9, 2004. The fires, which are marked in red dots, may be agriculturally related. However, the peninsula has been experiencing warm spring...
Topics: Where -- Korea, Where -- Sea of Japan, Where -- Japan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6676
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The dark streak curving northeast across the Atlantic Ocean in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) image is probably not significantly darker than the surrounding ocean water. Its appearance is likely to be a trick of light. The rest of the ocean is bright and silvery because of sunglint—a phenomenon that occurs when the sun’s light is reflected off a smooth surface into MODIS’ “eye.”...
Topic: Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6395
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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On July 2, 2006, the MODIS on the Terra satellite detected a hotspot on the volcanic island of Stromboli, the island in the top center of the image. A hotspot, shown here as a red outline, is an area of elevated surface temperatures. Nearby landmasses shown in this image include the islands of Salina, Lipari, and Vulcano (the three islands near the center of the image, from top to bottom), along with portions of Sicily (bottom of the image) and mainland Italy. The fairly light color of the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Italy
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20915
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The Serengeti Plain of Tanzania and Kenya highlights this image of Southeastern Africa. This savanna (grassland with sparse trees) region is renowned for its biological diversity, especially the so-called “big five”, which include elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and Cape buffalo. Some of the oldest fossils of early humans are also found in this area. Serengeti National Park, along with several other game preserves in the surrounding region total about 30,000 square kilometers (12,000...
Topics: Where -- Tanzania, Where -- Kenya
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8334
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Snow blankets Newfoundland Island and the Newfoundland and Quebec provinces in this true-color Terra MODIS image from December 7, 2002. The snow contrasts sharply against the deep blue of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Atlantic Ocean, both of which are mostly obscured by clouds. Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data Start Date: 12/7/02. Data End Date: 12/7/02.
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Gulf of St. Lawrence, Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4862
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Sea ice swirls off of the Newfoundland/Labrador coast in this true-color Aqua MODIS image acquired May 21, 2003. Newfoundland province´s Labrador mainland sits on Canada´s eastern edge in between Labrador Sea to the east and the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the south. The sea ice off the coast is broken up and in the process of melting, and features swirls from the currents of water it floats on. On shore, the land is still dusted with snow in all but the lowest elevations, and so appears as a...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Labrador Sea, Where -- Gulf of St. Lawrence
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5439
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Snow in central Asia highlights the roads running to Omsk, Russia, which is about 100 kilometers north of eastern Kazakhstan´s border. Omsk shows up as a gray spot against the white, snow covered plains, perched on the banks of the Irtysh River. The higher resolutions of this true-color Aqua MODIS image show the Irtysh clogged with ice and snow to the north of Omsk in the Siberian Plains, and as a pale white line winding through the middle of the city on its way south to Kazakhstan.Right along...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Russia, Where -- Kazakhstan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5228
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The Terra MODIS instrument captured this true-color image of snowcovering the mountain ranges of (clockwise from top left) Austria, Slovakia, theUkraine, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Yugoslavia,Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia. The two major ranges shown are theTransylvanian Alps in Romania and the Balkan Mountains in Bulgaria.On the bottomleft is the Adriatic Sea, and just visible at the bottom center is the AdriaticSea. Across the Adriatic is the Italian...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Austria, Where -- Slovakia, Where -- Hungary, Where -- Romania, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4571
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Once used by Alexander the Great in his effort to conquer the known world, the high-altitude passes of the Hindu Kush remain important trade and travel routes. Glaciers and heavy snowfall are ever-present features of these mountains, which rise to 7,692 meters (26,236 feet) in height.Straddling the borders between Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, the Hindu Kush is heavily populated. Though the valleys are heavily irrigated, growing crops at such high altitudes and low temperatures is...
Topics: What -- Indus, Where -- The Valley, Where -- Pakistan, Where -- Afghanistan, Where -- Kazakhstan,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6159
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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Cape Town and the far southwestern tip of South Africa are featured in this image acquired on January 12, 2006. The variety of colors and textures displayed here reveal a complex pattern of land cover and topography. The light tan colored patch at the bottom left of the continent (the south-westernmost tip) along the Atlantic coast is lower than the surrounding, dark-colored regions; this area has an almost Mediterranean climate; featuring wet winters and dry, hot summers. This wind-swept...
Topics: Where -- Cape Town, Where -- South Africa
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8341
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by NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC
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Lying about 200 kilometers (124 miles) off the southeastern coast of Australia is the island state of Tasmania. This island has been likened to pre-industrial England because of its temperate climate and lush landscapes. The British, however, used the island for an unsentimental purpose. They settled it as a penal colony in 1803. Prior to settlement by the British, the island saw visits by the Dutch, when explorer Abel Tasman named it Van Diemans Land in 1642. Human settlement of the island...
Topics: What -- Explorer, Where -- Australia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17377
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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One day before spring in the Northern Hemisphere, ice in the northern and eastern arms of the Baltic Sea appear to be releasing their wintry grip on the coastlines of Sweden (top left) and Finland (center). The northern arm is called the Gulf of Bothnia, and the eastern arm is called the Gulf of Finland. A little more brown than white is showing on the ground on the southern tip of Finland and northern Estonia (bottom center), indicating that snow cover is retreating somewhat. Meanwhile, the...
Topics: Where -- Baltic Sea, Where -- Sweden, Where -- Finland, Where -- Gulf of Bothnia, Where -- Gulf of...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5191
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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The broad delta visible in this image is formed by the River Plate, at the confluence of the rivers Uruguay and Parana in the Southeastern portion of South America. The River Plate ("Rio de la Plata" or River of Silver in Spanish), is the widest river in the world, stretching 220 kilometers (136 miles) where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. This very large estuary separates Argentina and Uruguay and is home to the ports of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, their respective capital cities. The...
Topics: Where -- Uruguay, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Argentina, Where -- Buenos Aires, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8372
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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Gotland, an island in the Baltic Sea, is located roughly in the center of this image. To the left (West) is Sweden, of which Gotland is a part. To the right (East) are the countries of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and a portion of the Russian Federation, while Denmark, Germany, and Poland ring the southwest and south. The island is home to about 60,000 persons but is perhaps more famous for its horses: the Gotland pony or Russ. This breed has been on the island for 4,000 – 5,000 years....
Topics: Where -- Baltic Sea, Where -- Sweden, Where -- Finland, Where -- Estonia, Where -- Latvia, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8342
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The Tierra del Fuego—a group of islands at the southern tip of South America—have some of the worst weather in the world. The rugged islands poke into the ocean current circling Antartica, and are almost continuously battered by high winds and covered by clouds. On March 28, 2003—an early fall day—the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA´s Terra satellite captured this rare view of the islands and the Patagonia region of South America. Even in...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Magellan, Where -- Chile, Where -- Argentina
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5100
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC
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True to its name, Iceland is shown here covered in a white blanket of ice and snow. Low layers of clouds float over the Greenland Sea (left) and the Atlantic Ocean (bottom). Iceland’s southern, low-lying coastlines are greyish-tan, while the rest of the island remains pristine white.The uniform color hides the exact boundaries of Iceland’s four permanent ice caps—Langjokull and Hofsjokull in the interior west, Myrdalsjokull on the southern coast, and Vatnajokull on the eastern coast. The...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Iceland, Where -- Greenland, Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16716
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Called it the remotest island on Earth, Tristan da Cunha sits in the center of the South Atlantic Ocean 2,778 kilometers from the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, the nearest mainland point, and 2,334 kilometers from St. Helena, the island that is its closest neighbor. Of the four islands that make up the group, only the largest—Tristan da Cunha—is occupied. The islands are volcanic in origin, and the volcanic peak of Tristan da Cunha is clearly visible in this image. The volcano forms a...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- South Africa, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Helena
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6876
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The Skeleton Coast of Namibia is featured in this image acquired on April 4, 2006. The Skeleton Coast is considered to be one of the most desolate and remote regions in the world. It takes its name from the numerous shipwrecks that have occurred in the turbulent waters and heavy fog that occurs at the confluence of the cold waters of the Atlantic and Antarctic, stranding survivors among rugged sand dunes and rocky canyons. This narrow tract of desert on the coast measures about 500 kilometers...
Topics: Where -- Namibia, Where -- Botswana, Where -- South Africa
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20822